Press Release 5/4/18

(Kent, Connecticut) – The year was 1923, Yankee Stadium opened and the team won its first World Series, bread cost 10 cents and you could buy a new car for $250. The Kent Memorial Library, built as a Memorial to the Kent soldiers who fought in WWI, had recently been completed and it was the year nine artists living in or near Kent formed the Kent Art Association. They held their first exhibition at the new library and charged a nickel to attend. Over 600 people visited the show and the proceeds were donated to the library.

The year is 2018, 95 years later, the Yankees have won the World Series 27 times, bread costs over $3.00, a small new car costs around $15,000 and the KAA is celebrating its first 95 years. And at the invitation of the KML members of the KAA are again exhibiting at the Library to begin “95 More Years.”

Fifteen artists and photographers have been selected by KAA President Connie Horton to show some of their best work. Since its founding in 1923 the KAA has grown to over 300 members and this exhibition will showcase the quality, and the variety of styles and mediums that are regularly shown at the KAA Gallery on South Main Street in Kent.

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed in the Library’s Gallery from May 7 to June 30 in an exhibit titled “KAA: 95 More Years.” To register, please call the Library, 860-927-3761; go online; email; or stop by the Library.

If this show has piqued your interest now through May 13 at the KAA Gallery is the Spring Juried Show and a special exhibition of the work of the nine founding artists: Robert Nisbet, Rex Brasher, George Laurence Nelson, Spencer Nichols, Eliot Clark, F. Luis Mora, Frederick Judd Waugh, James Floyd Clymer and sculptor, Willard Paddock.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community

by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut.

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